Queensland’s Southern Cross Soloists (SXS) have today announced the cancelation of its annual Bangalow Chamber Music Festival. This year’s event was to be the 21st iteration of the festival.

Citing “increased costs and lower than average ticket sales”, SXS has made the decision “with heavy hearts”.

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Cancelled: Bangalow Music Festival. Photo supplied

In its place, SXS will be offering a one-day, two concert bespoke taster event with headline artists Australian guitarist Slava Grigoryan, Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen and Polish violinist Jakub Jakowicz on Sunday 18 August, at the Shambala Estate winery in the Gold Coast hinterland.

The move is expected to be a permanent relocation and it is hoped the event will attract local and State government funding as Queensland prepares for the 2032 Brisbane Cultural Olympiad.

In partnership with Tamborine Mountain Arts Precinct (TMAP), a non-profit organisation formed in 2023, SXS aims to establish a culture precinct in the area, says SXS Chair Marg O’Donnell. “It is a unique opportunity to engage with TMAP and to assist in the process of establishing of a world-class arts precinct for Tamborine Mountain that can also serve as an Emergency Hub for a region that has been hit...